Release Date: 11/13/2013
Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243

Schools prepare to welcome parents, community for American Education Week

BCPS schools planning special events, visitations for Nov. 18-22

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TOWSON, Md. -- Baltimore County Public Schools will celebrate American Education Week 2013 with a variety of countywide and school-based activities designed to showcase teaching and learning.

During American Education Week, most schools set aside specific times for parents to visit their children’s classrooms. In addition, many schools also host special events, including book fairs, reading nights, book swaps, music lessons, and more.

Countywide events during American Education Week include the BCPS High School Honors Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 18, at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University, and the Board of Education’s Fall Recognition Ceremony from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at Owings Mills High School.

“American Education Week is a great opportunity to visit our schools and make a renewed commitment to supporting student success," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance. “Innovative and meaningful teaching and learning take place in every school in Baltimore County. I am inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our students, teachers, administrators and staff. I hope that everyone who visits a school during American Education Week can feel that same energy."

Among the many special events planned in BCPS schools are the following:

  • Deep Creek Elementary School, 1101 E. Homberg Avenue in Essex, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday, November 22, at 9 a.m. A special anniversary assembly will feature presentations from each grade level and burying a time capsule.
  • Eastern Technical High School, 1101 Mace Avenue in Essex, will host a “Coffee with the Administration" breakfast from 7 – 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, in the Eastern Inn, the school’s café. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions of Principal Thomas Evans and his assistant principals and hear about the programs and curriculum at Eastern.
  • Overlea High School, 5401 Kenwood Avenue in Overlea, will host an Academy of Finance Shadow Day from 8:30 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, for parents and for Grade 8 students from feeder schools. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with current AOF students, receive an overview of the national program, and learn more about the benefits of the AOF program.
  • Randallstown Elementary School, 9013 Liberty Road in Randallstown, invites parents and community members to an interactive workshop during American Education Week. The workshop, “Take a Bite Out of Common Core in Math & Reading," will be offered each day at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Seven Oaks Elementary School, 9220 Seven Courts Drive in Perry Hall, will end with the week with a demonstration of Grade 5 students’ newly acquired ballroom dancing skills. On Friday, parents will have the opportunity to see their children glide across the floor as part of the culminating activity for a special ballroom dancing unit.
  • Sollers Point Technical High School, 1901 Delvale Avenue in Dundalk, will offer a series of special programs and learning opportunities for visitors throughout the week based on the school’s curriculum and programs. For instance, students in the school’s cosmetology classes will offer free manicures, thermal hairstyles, haircuts, and brow waxing to their parents, while parents of students in automotive technology classes can receive free oil changes during their visits.
Please contact individual schools directly for details and times for specific events. For more information about American Education Week, go to: http://www.nea.org/grants/19823.htm.

Also, visitors are asked to be patient with new security measures. All visitors need to bring a valid driver’s license or government photo identification to gain entry to any BCPS school through the school system’s new Raptor security system. Because many visitors during American Education Week might not have visited a school since this system was implemented, the visitor sign-in process might take longer than usual.

Nationally, American Education Week, sponsored by the National Education Association, has been celebrated for more than 90 years. The theme for this year’s American Education Week is “Raise Your Hand for Student Success."

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